Everyone knows that orthodontics can straighten your teeth and improve your smile. But did you know that orthodontic treatment can also improve the health of your gums, provide better support to your muscles and joints, and in some cases improve breathing and airway development?
Straight teeth are pretty, but correctly positioning those teeth in three-dimensional harmony with your muscles and joints is the key to a smile that is not only beautiful, but functional and comfortable as well.
Dr. Rich has been studying and correcting bites with orthodontic treatment for more than 30 years. A beautiful cosmetic result is extremely important to her, but as with all her other treatment offerings, Dr. Rich's approach begins with the consideration of the overall health of the client and how orthodontic treatment might contribute to the improvement of other related systems or conditions, including joint and muscle function, periodontal health, and airway development.
Dr. Rich offers a full range of orthodontic solutions for children, teens, and adults. The type and extent of treatment is different for each individual. Some people have no need for orthodontic treatment at all, while others may need a combination of treatments over a period of time to in order to restore both beauty and function to their smiles.
Orthodontic services available include, but are not limited to:
For all children and adults wearing aligners, braces, or removable retainers, keeping the teeth clean is very important. Regular coaching on home-care techniques is provided at each orthodontic appointment, and for some clients, extra cleanings during the orthodontic treatment may be necessary to maintain oral health.
Orthodontic treatment options have changed a great deal during the last 20 years. Treatment can often be shorter and less invasive than it has been in the past, but not every orthodontic system is right for every patient. To help you understand more about the different treatment options available for children and adults, Dr. Rich has created a series of resources that address most of the major questions about orthodontic treatment. We also encourage you to bring any questions or concerns you may have about orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child to your next dental appointment to discuss with Dr. Rich in person.
Short-Term vs. Long-Term Orthodontics
Functional Orthodontics for Adults
Functional Orthodontics for Kids and Teens
Can Teeth Move After Braces?